Horsham Little League - Mission Statement

The Horsham Little League Program strives to provide the children of Horsham Township with an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a positive youth sports culture and a high-quality experience to every athlete.

This experience includes one in which athletes are:

  • Coached using the principles of Positive Coaching in a safe and structured environment
  • Encouraged to have fun playing the game and make new friends
  • Enabled to feel like an important part of the team regardless of performance
  • Taught “life lessons” that have value beyond the playing field and throughout a lifetime
  • Taught the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improve as a player while honoring the game


We recognize that the volunteers, parents, and coaches who support the organization are the ones who most directly make this all possible.

It is our goal to provide every volunteer and parent with tools to be able to be successful in this endeavor.

The Horsham Little League Program is committed to creating a positive culture in which coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to achieve our mission.

Horsham Little League is a member of Pennsylvania District 22 and is included in Section 8. For a more detailed breakdown of how the districts and sections work, visit the Pennsylvania Little League website. 

Remember Twink

Born in 1894, Howard "Twink" Twining is the only player ever born in Horsham to have played in the Majors. After shining at Swarthmore College as a three-sport athlete, he went on to sign a deal with Cincinnati. He made his big-league debut on August 9, 1916, yielding three runs on four hits (including a homer), a walk, and a hit batter over two innings. Unluckily, that outing turned out to be his only appearance at the Major League level. He died in 1973.

Horsham Little League - History

In early 1958 a group of Boy Scout fathers, led by Cap Crim, applied for a Little League franchise.

The first formal meeting, after receipt of the franchise, was held at the old Horsham Township Building (Horsham Road and Walnut Drive). Elected were the following officers:

  • Cap Crim – President
  • Mel Sonier – Vice President
  • Frank Eckenhofer – Secretary
  • Gus Gries – Treasurer
  • Bob Nikander – Umpire-In-Chief


Four major league and eight minor league teams were planned.

Major league team managers were Dick Cannally, Ray Cruise, Archie Jarman, and Jim Dougherty. Teams were the Eagles, Bears, Lions, and Rams. The majors played Tuesday through Friday. No baseball games were scheduled on Mondays, because it was Boy Scout meeting night. Major league games were played at the old Horsham Elementary School off Columbia Avenue – a block for two from Route 611. Major league umpires included: Gene Sudol, Bob Solly, Don McKenzie, Hal Hafer, Phil Paravano, Harry Brower, Ollie Winter, and Dave Lightkep.

Minor league games were played on Saturdays, half at the same field, and half at the old Simmons Elementary School in Prospectville. Umpires for the minor league were John Cwikla and Bob Nikander.

Thanks to Bob Nikander and Mel Sonier for providing this history of Horsham Little League.

Anyone with more information on the 1958 startup, please call Bob Nikander at 215-675-9123 so that we can add you to the roster of contributors.

Championships

DISTRICT 22 CHAMPIONSHIPS:

  • 9/10 League Softball – 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2014, 2016.
  • 10/11 League Softball – 2010,2013.
  • Little League 11/12 Softball – 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2017.
  • Junior League Softball – 2002, 2003.
  • Senior League Softball – 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991.
  • 9/10 League Baseball – 2007, 2012, 2015.
  • 10/11 League Baseball – 2008, 2009,2013, 2017.
  • Little League 11/12 Baseball – 1972, 1978, 2009, 2010, 2017.
  • Junior League Baseball – 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2004, 2010, 2011.
  • Senior League Baseball – 1964, 1967, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2010, 2011.
  • Big League Baseball - 1994.


SECTION 8 CHAMPIONSHIPS:

  • Junior League Baseball – 2010.
  • Senior League Baseball – 2010, 2011.
  • 9/10 Softball - 2012.


SECTION 5 CHAMPIONSHIPS:

  • Junior League Softball – 2002.


SECTION 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS:

  • Junior League Baseball – 1979.
  • Senior League Baseball – 1964, 1967, 1980, 1981, 1984.


PA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

  • Senior League Baseball – 1964, 1981, 1984.

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